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Low-Carb (and Gluten-Free) Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles

Low-Carb (and Gluten-Free) Enchilada Casserole with Ground Turkey and Chiles
  • Meal

    Main Dish

  • Cusine

    Low-Carb

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch or slightly smaller

1 large Poblano pepper, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch or slightly smaller

4 tsp. olive oil

2 lbs. ground turkey

salt and fresh ground black pepper to season turkey

2 cans

3/4 cup sour cream

1 large can

2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated Four Cheese Mexican Blend

Directions

Chop onion and Poblano (Pasilla) pepper, then heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large heavy frying pan and saute the onions and peppers over medium-high heat until they’re starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove onions and peppers to a bowl, heat the other 2 teaspoons olive oil and saute the ground turkey over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned, breaking apart with the turner.   (Most ground turkey in the U.S. has added water, so you will need to evaporate all the water before the browning will start.)  Season the turkey with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste. Once the turkey is well-browned, add the sauteed onions and peppers back into the pan with the meat, add the 2 cans red chile enchilada sauce, and simmer over low heat until the mixture is thickened and most all the liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes. When the meat/sauce mixture is thickened, turn off the heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 400F/200C. While the meat cools, drain the whole green chiles into a colander placed into the sink.  Use your fingers or a knife to split the chiles open and remove any seeds, stacking them in two piles so you can make two equal layers of chiles in the casserole.  (Pat each chile dry with a paper towel as you go if they seem wet.) When the meat mixture is cool, stir in the sour cream. Spray a 9 inch x 13 inch glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray.  (Any size similar will work.) Lay half the whole chiles in the bottom of the casserole dish, making sure the entire bottom is covered.  Spread half the meat/sauce mixture over the chiles and top with half the Mozzarella and half the 4 Cheese Mexican Blend. Make another layer each of whole green chiles, meat/sauce mixture, and cheese. Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned and the casserole is bubbling. Serve hot, topped with a dollop of low-fat sour cream if desired. Leftovers will stay good in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in the microwave, or in the oven.